Photographer: Marcus Smith c/o Making Pictures
Marcus SMITH c/o MAKING PICTURES realized a personal film and photo project with Rena Butler, choreographer and dancer (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), which we present you here on GoSee.
Marcus : “We got to really vibe out and just have a good time shooting with no real goal in mind except to have fun. It’s been such a long time since I’ve done a ‘one man show’ type of shoot, and it was a reminder of how rewarding and stressful the early days were when I literally had to do everything myself. Kind of cool, but the suit Rena’s wearing was my birthday gift to myself this year, and I didn’t get to wear it due to being stuck in the house. It’s a cool suit, but Rena made it look way cooler than I could make it look. Sound on for maximum effect!”
Rena Butler hails from Chicago, IL. She has danced in companies such as Kyle Abraham / Abraham, In.Motion, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, David Dorfman Dance, Manuel Vignoulle/M-Motions, and The Kevin Wynn Collective. Butler trained at The Chicago Academy for the Arts, studied overseas at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan, and received her BFA from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. Butler’s choreography has been presented at The New Orleans Museum of Modern Art in collaboration with Academy Award-winning jazz composer Terrence Blanchard, CHTV Stories in Switzerland, and more. Butler currently serves on the Consortium for Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum. In addition to dancing in the company, Rena is HSDC’s Choreographic Fellow, and is a 2019 Princess Grace Award Winner for Choreography.